Same thing was probably said about that black man who tried to stay at Peckett's ski lodge back in the day. When they refused him access the government sent a white man up there as a racial tester and blam! The poopy hit the fan and desegregation was ordered. Rather than follow the order, they shut it down and burned it in a fire exercise. The skiing moved over to Cannon Mountain, which I -- as a black man -- have enjoyed ever since I moved to New England in 2002. Never had a bad time or a racial issue up there, good times all the time. Today I know know many people in Sugar Hill and we're totally chill.
That's called progress. Some folks don't like progress when people from outside show up, but in the end it's usually All Good.
Especially when we're dealing with shady government that needs to be exposed. As my namesake wrote in his Letter from a Birmingham Jail I analysed for my undergraduate Rhetoric final:
"....Moreover, I am cognizant of the interrelatedness of all communities and states. I cannot sit idly by in Atlanta and not be concerned about what happens in Birmingham. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. Never again can we afford to live with the narrow, provincial "outside agitator" idea. Anyone who lives inside the United States can never be considered an outsider anywhere within its bounds....."
How to heal a wound.
The Dow Murders and letters to Governor Lynch.
Bette Davis and the Peckett's connection.